Australia has long been an attractive draw for immigrants from the UK (and for that matter everywhere else in the world).It’s easy to see why; the place is an island paradise, with an enormously varied landscape, which is home to an accordingly enormous variety of flora and fauna.The weather is pleasant, the people are friendly and the culture treads that perfect line between the strange and the familiar.In other words, it’s as close as a natural retreat as they come.Is it any wonder so many Britons are emigrating to Australia?
Australia is divided into six distinct states.At one point or other in the country’s history, these each operated independently of one another – but all that changed with federalisation in 1901. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the oldest of them all – New South Wales, and see what it has to offer the prospective tourist.
New South Wales the oldest province in Australia.That said, its borders have shriveled considerably since its founding; once it encompassed half of the mainland, now it has retreated into a comparatively measly eighty-million hectares the country’s east coast, having surrendered much of its original area to Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania , the Northern Territory and South Australia (and, indeed, New Zealand).
But while the region’s physical size has diminished, the vast majority of the surrendered land contained little civilisation and a great deal of Australia’s famously enormous and untamed outback.What remains of New South Wales mostly comprises the urban areas. Within the borders of New South Wales is contained another, smaller territory known as the Australian Capital Territory, in which is contained Canberra, the nation’s capital and administrative hub.But the most notable city in the region – and arguably Australia as a whole – is Sydney, the nation’s largest city.
Sydney is a sprawling metropolis, home to more than four million people – more than sixty-percent of the state’s population.It contains, as one might imagine, a whole slew of sights and sounds to captivate both locals and visitors
The landscape of the city tells its story. Being one of the oldest colonies in Australia, Sydney is also home to buildings of all shapes and sizes – from the gothic sandstone buildings of the early 19th century to the glass monoliths of today.Of course, the city’s most famous building is undoubtedly the Sydney Opera House, which earned its designer a Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2003.The citation described it as ‘one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century’ – and it’s impossible to disagree.
But as well as the grand, impressive buildings you’ll find an profusion of world-class restaurants and bars, the best of which can offer fresh seafood plucked straight from the harbour. Likewise, there are bars and cafes dotted across the waterfront, where you can enjoy a drink while listening to the South-Pacific surf.
Sydney’s beaches are legendary and for good reason.Within just a few miles of the city centerthere are spectacular examples, including Bondi and Manly.If you’d prefer to travel a little further, then you might venture to the miles and miles of sand bordering the sea to the north of the city.The city itself borders the largest natural harbour in the entire world and visitors should certainly make it a mission to see what it has to offer – perhaps to even take a boat trip across its waters!
The Great Dividing Range
Perhaps the most significant feature of New South Wales is the Great Dividing Range, a range of mountains which run along the country’s east coast.It contains a wealth of peaks, spurs, canyons and valleys, some of which containing impressive waterfalls, such as those at Dorrigo.
The range is more than two-thousand miles long, making it the third longest in the world and more than three-hundred million years old.Since the range is so old (for comparison, the Himilayas are a mere 70 million years old), erosion has had plenty of time to cut its peaks down to size and so it can be navigated quite comfortably – and in most cases without the need of specialist equipment.
Moving to Australia – and New South Wales in particular – is a well-trodden path.And for good reason – New South Wales has plenty to offer both migrants and tourists. So why not join the many others who’ve been there for the trip of a lifetime.Who knows?You might end up wanting to make your trip last a lifetime and take up residence there for good.